• Register

Endpoint I.T. Blog

Comparing Physical and Virtual Servers

Comparing Physical and Virtual Servers

Every IT infrastructure needs a server to ensure that information is spread properly throughout the network. However, while servers were once tied to the business’ location, now they are also able to be virtualized in a cloud solution. This brings forth the question: which is better for your business’ needs? Let’s determine that by comparing and contrasting these two server options.

Benefits and Trade-Offs of Each Kind of Server
A physical server is precisely what it sounds like - a dedicated server that is actually located at your business’ address - while a virtual server is one that is virtualized on a piece of hardware elsewhere and delivered via the cloud. Each come with both advantages and disadvantages when weighed against the other, and even these are highly reliant upon your business’ particular circumstances. Take, for instance, our first comparison, the cost of each solution:

When it comes to cost, virtualized servers are similar to buying in bulk - it can make a lot of sense, but only if you actually use what you’re paying for. Many smaller organizations may find that the up-front costs associated with virtualization to be too big of a barrier, or that they simply don’t have enough need to warrant a switch. Furthermore, while maintaining an in-house physical server can be a costly endeavor, switching over and using the cloud can also become really expensive, really quickly, if your company (and thereby, your need) grows. Our professionals can help advise you on what your best move is.

The security of your business’ data is a completely crucial component of its overall success. A dedicated, in-house server is able to be tweaked to suit your business’ cybersecurity needs to your preferences and to any requirements your industry dictates through regulations. Due to the nature of the beast, a virtual server may not offer the same flexibility in meeting these important needs. With cyberattacks only increasing in cleverness, you will want to make sure that you have the highest possible protections keeping your entire business infrastructure, including your servers, secure. You want to be in control of how you are protecting your resources, something that a virtual server in a public cloud won’t allow you to do.

Disaster Recovery Capabilities
An on-premise server is automatically at a disadvantage to a hosted virtual server where disaster recovery and business continuity are concerned. After all, the hosted virtual server is going to be off-premises, and therefore protected from the disaster that strikes your business. On the flip side, a physical server is vulnerable in its location in the splash zone, whether that splash zone be literal or not.

With luck and the proper preparation, very little (if any) of your time will be spent dealing with the effects of a disaster, and you will be able to instead focus on growing your business. As a result, you may very well outgrow your current servers and need to expand. Of course, a disaster that you survive may leave some of your clientele in less-than-ideal straits, so there’s of course the chance that you may need to dial back a little as well. Both physical and virtual server deployments are technically capable of scalability, but the process is far easier with a server that is situated in the cloud, as resources can automatically be assigned to account for an increasing or decreasing workload. A physical server can be added to your infrastructure as well, but that often means a large expense, followed by extensive and time-consuming configuration and implementation. So, when it comes to scalability, a virtual server has the advantage.

Again, it is important to remember that no two businesses are the same, and the best choice for one (or even one thousand) may not be the best choice for the one that matters to you: yours. Call on the professionals at Endpoint I.T. to help you make the right choice. Give us a call at (409) 835-1600.

Where Does All That Lost Data Go?
Tip of the Week: Don’t Waste Capital In the Cloud


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Monday, January 21, 2019

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Best Practices Technology Business Computing Privacy Network Security User Tips Tech Term Productivity Cybersecurity Smartphones Internet Cloud Malware Microsoft Android Efficiency Backup Hardware Communications Email Google Mobile Device Wi-Fi IT Support Communication Browser Data Recovery Ransomware VoIp Network Data Backup IT Services Passwords Data Software Small Business Smartphone Collaboration Saving Money Managed IT services Mobile Devices Social Media Outsourced IT Business Management Holiday Business Internet of Things Innovation Users Managed IT Services Cloud Computing Applications Windows 10 Hosted Solutions Wireless Hackers Microsoft Office Networking Employer-Employee Relationship Word Router Miscellaneous Information Marketing Settings Patch Management Computer Access Control Blockchain Workplace Tips Business Intelligence Automation Tip of the week Twitter Virtualization Dark Web Scam Mobility Wireless Charging Battery Artificial Intelligence Business Continuity Password Save Money How To Cost Management Data Breach Remote Monitoring and Management Phishing Bandwidth Physical Security Medical IT Government VPN Virus Analytics Excel BDR Managed IT Service Connectivity Data Management Cortana Website Remote Computing Data Protection Managed Service Virtual Assistant Apps Tech Terms Law Enforcement Chrome Compliance Computers Gmail Big Data iPhone Backup and Disaster Recovery Telephony Authentication Comparison Eliminating Downtime Maintenance Plug-In Streaming Media Storage Network Attached Storage Sales Value Edge PowerPoint IT budget File Sharing Operating System G Suite HP Botnet Spam Hard Drives Voice over IP Unified Communications Authorization WannaCry Specifications BYOD Internet Explorer Proactive IT Downloads Error Server Tablet Troubleshooting Travel Dongle Workers Training Sports Reporting User Security Vulnerability Bring Your Own Device Document Management Remote Monitoring Antivirus User Tip Laptop SSD RAM HIPAA News Machine Learning Conferencing Wireless Internet Threat Files Trends WhatsApp Knowledge Update Managed IT Education Database Amazon Millennials Security Cameras IT Management Business Technology Environment Hybrid Cloud Paperless Office Staff Facebook eCommerce Microsoft Teams Hard Drive Telephone System Office Help Desk Retail Printing Analysis Politics A.I. Touchscreen Lead Generation Server Management Outlook Live Streaming Cybercrime Wearables SaaS Licensing e-waste Cables Digital Remote Support Websites Inventory Online Shopping VoIP Company Culture Processors Cleaning Telecommute Content Filtering Gadgets Upgrade Paper Apple Technology Tips Office 365 Movies Microsoft Office 365 Profitability Tactics Healthcare App GDPR Tech Support disposal Voice over Internet Protocol Safety Telecommuting Ink Mobile Security Alert Managing Stress Spyware Data loss Certification Data Security Regulation Emergency WiFi Personal Information Quick Tips Thank You Disaster Recovery Congratulations Printers

Newsletter Sign Up

Latest News & Events

Endpoint I.T. is proud to announce the launch of our new website at The goal of the new website is to make it easier for our existing clients to submit and manage support requests, and provide more information about our ser...

Contact Us

Learn more about what Endpoint I.T. can do for your business.

Call Us Today
Call us today
(409) 835-1600

595 Orleans Street
STE 1111

Beaumont, Texas 77701